F is for…St Martin-in-the-Fields
Did you know, there are no UK cathedrals beginning with the letter ‘F’? So, today, 6 December, we are off to Trafalgar Square to visit the vibrant church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Music has long played a central role in the life of St Martin’s, both within worship and in its busy series of lunchtime and evening concerts.
There are no less than five choirs: the professional St Martin’s Voices, the voluntary Choir of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, St Martin’s Chorus and the Children’s Voices.
There’s almost always something musical going on.
Anyone who finds themselves in Trafalgar Square on a Thursday lunchtime can pop in to hear the thought-provoking ‘Great Sacred Music’ presentation: reflective words from Revd Dr Sam Wells and sublime choral music from St Martin’s Voices: such a brilliant idea, and it is free to attend! Yesterday’s event was entitled ‘A Light in the Stable’ and featured Alan Bullard’s Christmas Cantata.
And another great thing about Great Sacred Music: you can catch up with past events via the Great Sacred Music Podcast.
Watch and listen to St Martin’s Voices singing a verse of ‘The First Nowell’ here:
Yesterday evening, St Martin’s Children’s Voices sang for the lighting of the famous tree in Trafalgar Square and St Martin’s Chorus gave a Christmas concert, ‘A Christmas Celebration’ in the church with an exciting programme of carols old and new.
Tonight, St Martin’s Voices are back in action, performing parts I – III and part VI of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, directed by Andrew Earis and accompanied by St Martin’s Baroque Players.
And on Sunday, the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields is singing for the Blessing of the Crib in Trafalgar Square, which includes a live donkey and a torch-lit procession.
Not every parish church is lucky enough to have a musical offering as extensive St Martin’s, but Friends of Cathedral Music is here to support all choral foundations, not only big cathedrals, and churches are also welcome to apply for our grants. Find out more about our grants here.
Our grants are made possible by the kind donations of members and friends.
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